Dine-in-the-dark restaurant opening

Vasco’s Group are spearheading a one of a kind venture that puts Ho Chi Minh City in the same gastronomic ilk as Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. The first dine-in-the-dark restaurant Blackout will be opening its doors on the former site of Vasco’s bar and club. Vasco’s group is known for their long-standing high-quality restaurant Camargue.

Owner, Alexander Egert, has revamped the space at 74/7D Hai Ba Trung Street for his newest endeavour. Before entering into complete darkness, you select a menu and are offered suggestions for wine pairings. Your menu choices, although limited, offer a great deal of variety. Each menu will provide 12 to 15 items, which are easy to pass on and share with friends even in total darkness. Vasco’s group has joined with the Vietnam Blind Association to employ visually impaired staff to assist patrons in finding their way in the totally blacked out space.

The current model of dining focuses, quite successfully, on presentation. White table clothes, elegantly crafted non-functioning garnishes, and items so small they may well be assembled with tweezers are there to please your eyes. The concept of Blackout is “sharpening your other senses by playing with flavours, smells, textures and temperatures,” says Alexander Egert. From an expertly crafted choice of 4 menus, including vegetarian and a mystery menu for the adventurous, each dish is carefully presented in easy to find porcelain spoons, skewers, cups and terrines.

Afraid to place a way-too-spicy bite of food in your mouth? Rest assured, that everything has been tried and tested to avoid “anything overpowering,” says Egert. Prepare your palate to be excited with mild soups, intriguing mousses and carefully flavored morsals ranging not only in texture and taste, but also temperature to delight your heightened senses.

Dining in the dark provides a unique atmosphere for exploring the quality of ingredients. Expect fellow diners to be animated over the experience, as you should anticipate the lack of vision to lend to a quirky night. Blackout will make an interesting and fun spot for all ages, for couples or groups alike and, most of all, for diners who love to explore food.

For Reservation (Dinner only) call Blackout at (08) 38 242 888

74/7D Hai Ba Trung Street D1 HCMC

photo Lee Starnes